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Denika Hockenhull

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Oncology Agents of 2016: A Clinical Review

Posted by Denika Hockenhull on December 5, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Oncology management has evolved due to approval of new oncologic agents and their expensive costs. Previously, limited medication availability left practitioners with minimal options for cancer treatment. Newer cancer agents are designed to improve a patient’s quality of life and hopefully, overall outcome. With the rapid development of new oncologic medications, the management process has posed a challenge to physicians and payers. Providing oncologic medications in the most cost-effective manner requires cost-management strategies to weigh the benefits and risks.

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Topics: High Cost Medications, pharmacy spend, Specialty Drug Cost Control, Specialty Drug, drug costs,, new cancer drugs, oncology medication, oncologic agents, FDA drug approvals, oncology, new oncology drugs

How Formularies Make an Impact

Posted by Denika Hockenhull on September 29, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Over the past few years, prescription drug costs have risen in a dramatic fashion. According to a federal report released this spring, prescription-drug spending rose 12.6% in 2014 and spending is expected to rise 7.3% a year through 2018. The increased cost is most closely associated with the influx of specialty drugs—high-cost prescription medications used to treat complex, chronic conditions. Rather than offset these prices, generic drugs costs are also experiencing an increase in price adding to the prescription drug cost burden. Drug utilization and the increasing cost of prescription drugs for members who require these medications as maintenance therapy is constantly in the forefront of discussion.

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Topics: patient outcomes,, drug costs,, formulary,

Balancing Effectiveness and Cost of Specialty Medications for Treating Complex Conditions

Posted by Denika Hockenhull on June 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Spending on specialty pharmaceuticals climbed 18 percent in 2015, compared to an increase of less than 1 percent for standard prescription medications. The burgeoning outlay comes as no surprise considering the hefty price tag of these new drugs, with some reaching upwards of $60,000 for a course of treatment.

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Topics: pharmacy spend, Specialty Drug Cost Control, Specialty Drug, patient outcomes,, biosimilars, interchangables,, drug costs,, rising drug costs,

Monitoring PDMP Effectiveness Now and in the Future

Posted by Denika Hockenhull on May 16, 2016 at 10:30 AM

HID had the honor of leading honored a Vision Session during the 5th Annual National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit that was held March 28-31 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Titled “Monitoring PDMP Effectiveness Now and in the Future,”  HID’s presentation focused on how data accessibility and enhancement are effective tools for protecting public health and safety while supporting sound clinical prescribing, dispensing, and use of controlled substances. Attendees discovered:

  • How collaborative partnerships support state PDMP goals and outcomes
  • Why public and private health plans will require PDMP data
  • How the ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap will change the way PDMP data is accessed

Program Manager Rebecca Poston, MPH, RPH, was on hand to speak on the tremendous success accomplished by E-FORCSE, the State of Florida’s PDMP. E-FORCSE has experienced real, tangible, positive outcomes since 2010 when the program began and HID’s RxSentry solution was implemented.

If you've missed this year's Summit, don't worry. Our team has provided the presentation slides and a brief recap after the jump!

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Topics: Interoperability, state health, opioids, PDMP, population health, healthIT, data accessibility

Why Health Plans Need PDMP Data

Posted by Denika Hockenhull on May 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM

It’s an inescapable truth that, in healthcare, data matters. For health information technology innovators, data is the window inside a lifecycle of a service, product, or application that can be analyzed for improvement. For providers, data helps the accuracy of diagnoses and creates more effective treatment paths. Health plans benefit from data as well. For plans, data builds actionable information and insights, two important steps in the balance of managing risk for each plan and enhancing outcomes for each member.

Health plans need access to information sources that help build for the future. But this need goes beyond simply connecting to the traditional repositories that capture and store large amounts of information. To optimize our understanding of users, patients, and members, plans must have access to sources beyond claims data. Expanded data sets from non-traditional sources will benefit plans with the right tools to manage collection and analysis.

One such non-traditional, underutilized source is prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data. Since the adoption PDMPs, these electronic database systems have amassed a decade’s worth of information regarding prescribing and dispensing behaviors of controlled substances as well as information that can be used to develop baselines for analysis or to monitor trends. There is an industry-wide need to make PDMP data accessible, building towards the goal of creating outcomes-based healthcare.

Building upon current frameworks of data sharing and utilization, we identify the opportunities in which PDMP data can help health plans in the future.

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Topics: pharmacy spend, opioids, prescription drug monitoring, PDMP, health plan management, controlled substances

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Here's what we're focused on right now:

  • Lowering ingredient cost
  • Enhancing the coverage determination process
  • Creating robust prior authorization criteria
  • Producing actionable drug trend analyses
  • Enhancing prescription drug monitoring 
  • Implementing interoperability efforts

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